7.3 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE HITS JAPAN, TOKYO RATTLED
A strong earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter Scale hit Northeast Japan on Friday evening. While there is no threat of a widespread Tsunami, residents of some areas have been asked to evacuate.
The epicentre of the quake was about 300km (183 miles) from Kamiashi – off the East Coast of Honshu – at a depth of about 33km, the US Geological Survey said.
As per latest reports, no destructive pacific-wide Tsunami is expected. However, resident of Miyagi Prefecture, that was devastated by the 2011 Tsunami have been asked to move to higher ground.
However, Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says no risk of widespread tsunami from quake off Japan.
The earthquake was strongly felt in Tokyo. TV visuals captured the moment when buildings in one of world’s biggest cities rattled due to the force of the earthquake.
More details are awaited.